After Your Baby Is Born
Going home with a new baby is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. The physicians, nurses, lactation consultants and other professionals at Rutland Regional will give you and your family the care, support and education you need at this very special time of life. We are committed to promoting strong family ties and offering comprehensive postpartum care that includes:
- Newborn testing. Your baby will be screened for health conditions that could lead to serious health problems or developmental delays if not diagnosed and treated early, including cystic fibrosis, hearing loss and maple syrup urine disease (branch-chain ketoaciduria).
- Breast-feeding instruction and support. Our nurses have special training for working with new mothers who choose to breast-feed. They provide instruction and encouragement as well as referrals to community resources like La Leche League. Visiting Nurse Association referrals are also available.
- Parenting education. We provide information on a range of parenting topics from knowing what to expect to hands-on instruction on how to bathe, diaper, feed and care for your baby.
- Emotional support. It's natural to feel strong emotions when you're pregnant and just after you've had a baby. And, like some women, you may experience “baby blues” just after birth. These feelings usually go away in a week or two, but some new moms experience feelings of sadness that are much more intense (perinatal depression). Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our physicians and nurses are here to help you understand and cope with your feelings and provide referrals for help if necessary.